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5 Steps to Clutter Free Christmas Decorating

Dec 5, 2017

I love the cheeriness of Christmas. The music, the lights, the decoration, but I also like simple clean spaces and sometimes I can get overwhelmed by all the decorations. If you are like me then you will love this post! I’ve put together 5 steps to clutter free christmas decorating!  

1. Choose a color pallet

Tieing everything together is a great way to make your christmas decorations to feel more cohesive and less chaotic. I recommend choosing no more than three colors and making one of those colors white. This will automatically make everything feel clean and simple while also feeling Christmasy because white makes us think of snow. Then use your other two colors sparingly as pops of color. 

2. Less is more

Start thinking simply because less really is more. Not every single inch of everything needs to be covered in order for your home to feel cheerful! Nor do you need to put up every Christmas decoration that you own.

Let’s use the example of the tree. You don’t need lights, and ornaments, and tinsel, and ribbon and garland, and bows. Having fewer things will make your tree feel more refined and less cluttered.

If you want to take it a step farther, limit the different kinds of ornaments you put on your tree too! Just because it is in your color pallet doens’t mean it should go up. Instead, choose 2 or 3 kinds of ornaments you want to put in your tree.

3. Replace decor that actually exists

There is no need to just add more. That is a sure fire way to be up to your eyeballs in clutter. Instead, replace the decor you already have up with a Christmas version. Here are some examples: 

– Pillows: replace them with holiday pillows or use pillow covers! 

– Coffee table centerpieces 

– Candles 

– Prints and wall art

– Flower arrangements 

– Doormats

– Dining Table Scape

4. Use Christmas decor that also serves a function

A way to have more Christmas in your life without more clutter is to have holiday themed things that also serve a function. This has the same benefits as point 3 by replacing everyday items with a holiday counterpart. Here are some things that are easy to switch our

– Coffee mugs 

– Towels: Bath towels, kitchen towels, hand towels, etc

– Soap dispensers

– Apron 

– Oven mitts 

– Throw blankets 

– Candles

5. Eliminate 

When it comes to Christmas decorations, it is easy to just have more stuff. This year when you are choosing what to use, take the time to eliminate decorations you have but never use. Ask yourself: have I used this in the last couple of years? Do I love it? Is it still functioning? If the answer is no then it is time to take a trip to goodwill.  This way when you are decorating next year it will be so much easier to decorate in a clutter-free way! 

I hope this post was helpful in your Christmas decorating endeavors. If you are wanting to feel more present and in the holiday spirit this year come join my advent challenge

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Christa Norman is a wedding photographer based out of Orange County California and Nagoya Japan